Lifetime Fitness Program
The Lifetime Fitness Program is pleased to partner with
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and extends discounts to OLLI members.
Sponsored by the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Originally founded by Professor T.K. Cureton, the University of Illinois Adult Fitness Program has the distinction of being
the first University-based adult fitness program in the world. Professor Cureton established the Physical Fitness Research
Laboratory in 1944 and the Adult Fitness Program was established shortly afterwards in order to examine the effects of exercise
and physical activity on health and effective functioning. Since Dr. Cureton's retirement, the Adult Fitness Program has
continued to support the Department of Kinesiology's research, teaching, and service mission. Now known as the Lifetime Fitness
Program, the program is directed by Professor Ken Wilund, an exercise physiologist. Dr. Wilund has expertise in clinical exercise
physiology, renal and cardiovascular physiology. Specifically, he conducts research regarding the effects that exercise and dietary
modifications have on the development or progression of cardiovascular disease and other related metabolic disorders in chronic
kidney disease patients.
Mission and Purpose
The program's primary emphasis is to provide opportunities for:
- structured group or individualized fitness activities;
- cognitive understanding of the principles and techniques of fitness activities;
- a supportive non-competitive atmosphere;
- a pool of research subjects for study of selected aspects of physical activity and health for adults;
- an avenue for continued adherence to a physically active lifestyle after completion of exercise intervention
studies within the Department of Kinesiology.
Adults 55 and over residing in the Urbana-Champaign area may participate in the Lifetime Fitness Program. The exercises
and physical activity opportunities are designed to develop overall improvement in health, fitness and performance of
activities of daily living.
Activities include structured supervised walking/jogging, stretching and strengthening exercises using resistance bands,
weight training using free weights and plate-loaded equipment, and pool activities (swimming, water exercises, volleyball).
New activities may be included, as participants desire, to vary their modes of exercise. You may participate in any or all
activities each day. We welcome individuals with all fitness levels.
Structured Group Activities:
8:15–8:40am Pool activities (water exercise, volleyball)
7:15–7:40am Core Training
8:15–8:45am Flow Motion
Individual Training Programs:
6:30–9:00am Walk/jog or exercise independently
6:30–9:00am Weight Training
7:30–9:00am Pool activities (M-W-F only)
Directed by Professor Ken Wilund, the staff is comprised of graduate students from the Department of Kinesiology at
the University of Illinois. In addition, undergraduate Kinesiology students work with the program to develop fitness
The Lifetime Fitness Program is housed in Campus Recreation
Center East (CRCE) - 1102 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana.
Participants are admitted at any time on a semester (fall, spring or summer) or yearly basis. The program runs
concurrently with the academic schedule of the University of Illinois. The program is scheduled Monday through Friday,
from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Participation in the program requires the following:
- an annual medical clearance form completed and signed by a physician selected by the enrollee;
- legal release signed by the enrollee;
- completion of forms concerning selected background information;
Medical Release Form
- payment of fee(s).
Full Year: $275.00
Academic Year: $225.00
OLLI members receive 20% discount
Make checks payable to: University of Illinois Lifetime Fitness Program.
Lockers are available for daily use. Participants must supply their own towel.
When using the CRCE facility, participants must provide their own lock, towel and toiletries.
For more information please contact:
Department of Kinesiology
Ken Wilund, PhD
Send an Email to LFP